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Santiago Lambre and Cetano Van Aspergem Z Win $72k CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 3*

Santiago Lambre and Cetano Van Aspergem Z. ©Bailey Beck Photography.

Mill Spring, NC – May 25, 2019 – Santiago Lambre (MEX) rode home with blue in the $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 3* aboard his own Cetano Van Aspergem Z, a 2009 Zangersheide gelding (Clinton x Ahorn Z), at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Lambre secured a jump-off time of 36.824 to secure the win. Sharn Wordley (NZL) placed second jumping in tandem with his own mount, Gatsby, a 2011 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On), dashing through the timers in 37.663 seconds. Sarah Scheiring (USA) snatched third with S & L Cocodrille, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof x Kashmir Van Schuttershof) owned by S & L Farms, on a jump-off time of 38.329 seconds.

Among 20 entries with only six duos in a thrilling jump-off on the course set by Catsy Cruz (MEX), Lambre revealed, “I saw number one to go – Sharn – and he’s a fast rider and so I had to try and go faster than him. I did my plan and it worked. The first round was a nice course for a 3*; it was technical. The jump-off was really, really good. We were able to make less strides everywhere, so it was a very nice class,” he stated.

On his future plans with Cetano Van Aspergem Z, Lambre remarked, “I am staying three more weeks here [at TIEC] and then we’ll probably go to Spruce Meadows.”

For full results from the $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 3*, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Great Day for Polish Athletes in Baborówko

Baborówko, 25 May 2019 — Polish riders have shown to be in great form during the cross-country trials at Baborówko Equestrian Festival. The Polish team are the current leaders in the fight for a qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Paweł Spisak (POL) has kept the lead in the CCIO4*-L after the cross-country trial with Banderas. They were the only pair that finished the difficult test with almost 40 obstacles at the length of 5700 metres within the time allowed. Michael Jung (GER) is second for now with Fischerchipmunk FRH, and third position went to Jan Kamiński (POL) riding Jard.

The CCIO4*-L class doubles as qualifier for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Polish team’s rivals Russia and Belarus have lost their chance due to the insufficient number of representatives (each team has to have three classified riders). Alexander Zelenko (BLR) was eliminated during dressage, and Hanna Nemtsaya (BLR) has withdrawn from the competition. The Russian team had three pairs during the class (each country was able to enter four), and Aleksandr Markov (RUS) was eliminated during cross-country.

In spite of the lack of competition, the Polish team cannot lose their focus. Mariusz Kleniuk (POL) with Winona has retired from finishing their ride in the cross-country, which means that the Polish team continues with only three riders remaining. Joanna Pawlak with Fantastic Frieda, Paweł Spisak with Banderas, and Paweł Warszawski with Aristo A-Z have to pass the vet check and finish the demanding showjumping course, which will surely stand a challenge for horses tired after the long cross country.

In the CCI4*-S, with the highest prize pool at the event (325 000 PLN), the current leader is Andreas Dibowski (GER) with FRH Butts Avedon. Andreas Ostholt (GER) is right behind him after cross country with Corvette 31, and third position is currently held by Michael Jung (GER) with Highlighter. The highest ranked Polish athlete for now is Mateusz Kiempa (POL) with Lassban Radovix (9th position).

The current best score after cross-country in the CCI3*-S belongs to Jan Kamiński (POL) with Senior, and Ksawery Śniegucki (POL) is second with Rarashek. Third place for now goes to Johan Lundin (SWE) riding Zuma.

The CCI2*-S class has ended, with no changes in the leaderboard. First place went to Vanessa Bolting (GER) with Ready To Go W, second was Leoni Kuhlmann (GER) with Hidalgo 179, and Julia Gillmaier (POL) with Red Sunrise 2 took home the third place.

The cross-country trial was the last one in the CCIYH2*-S, for six-year-old horses. Miloslav Prihoda Jr (CZE) won the class with the Polish-bred Eldorado, second place went to Sabrina Labes (GER) with Sparta’s Prince, and third went to Rebecca-Juana Gerken (GER) with Fame 227.

At the hardest and most demanding classes of the show, the CCIO4*-L, CCIO4*-S, and CCIO3*-S, The athletes will compete for the record-breaking prize pool (even bigger than last year’s record). Thanks to the support of the Patron of the event, Mr Roman Roszkiewicz. the collective prize pool in the international classes will reach 465 000 PLN. The CCIO4*-L the prize money will be as high as 85 000 PLN, 60 000 PLN of which will go to the three best teams in the class. The biggest prize is to be won in the CCI4*-S class, 100 000 PLN, with the collective prize pool in the class being 325 000 PLN.

More information can be found at www.festiwal.baborowko.pl/eng.

Baborówko: Cross-Country Trials Set to Begin

Baborówko, 24 May 2019 — All dressage trials of Baborówko Equestrian Festival have ended. The athletes will next start their cross-country tests in the CCIO4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI2*-S classes. The weather is great, but the organisers and the cross-country course designer, Lars Christensson, have not made the job easy for the riders during the cross-country. Among other tasks, they will have to face the new water complex.

In the hardest class of the show, the CCIO4*-L class, the cross-country course is 5700 metres long, and involves as many as 40 jumps. After dressage, we have two leaders: Paweł Spisak (POL) with Banderas and Michael Jung (GER) with Fisherchipmunk FRH with the same score of 26,8.

Spisak is the leader of the Polish team in the CCIO4*-L class, which is also a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Polish riders have put their best foot forward, taking the lead in the classification after the first trial. The score of the team: Mariusz Kleniuk and Winona, Joanna Pawlak and Fantastic Frieda, Paweł Spisak and Banderas, and Paweł Warszawski with Aristo A-Z is 93 penalty points for now.

Belarus is in the second position, with 122,2 penalty points, weakened by the elimination of Aleksander Zelenko (BLR) with Vertikt. Third position belongs to Russia, with 144 penalties.

Andreas Ostholt (GER) with Corvette 31 has taken the lead in the highest prized class of the show, with the prize pool of 320 000 PLN, the CCI4*-S. The best Polish athlete in this class after dressage is Mateusz Kiempa wih Lassban Radovix.

Johan Lundin (SWE) has kept his lead in the CCI3*-S class with Callameno. Michał Knap with Valando 2 is currently the best Polish rider of the class.

Dressage and showjumping trials have ended in the CCI2*-S class. First position currently belongs to Vanessa Bolting with Ready To Go W, and the highest ranked Polish athlete is Julia Gillmaier riding Red Sunrise 2.

Trials of dressage and showjumping have also been played out in the CCIYH2*-S class for six-year-old horses. Miroslav Prihoda Jr (CZE) is in the lead with the Polish-bred Eldorado, and the best Polish athlete is Aurelia Drywa with Iwan.

The athletes will compete for the record-breaking prize pool (even bigger than last year’s record). Thanks to the support of the Patron of the event, Mr Roman Roszkiewicz; the collective prize pool in the international classes will reach 465 000 PLN. The CCIO4*-L the prize money will be as high as 85 000 PLN, 60 000 PLN of which will go to the three best teams in the class. The biggest prize is to be won in the CCI4*-S class: 100 000 PLN, with the collective prize pool in the class being 325 000 PLN.

More information can be found at www.festiwal.baborowko.pl/eng.

Kristen Vanderveen and Faustino de Tili Win $36k Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili. ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 23, 2019 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili returned to Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) competition with a landmark win in Thursday’s $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*, stopping the short-course timers in 38.71 seconds to claim their 30th FEI win together. Sarah Scheiring (USA) and S & L Cocodrille, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof x Kashmir Van Schuttershof) owned by S & L Farms, stopped the clock in 39.735 seconds to claim second, while Hunter Holloway (USA) rounded out the all-female podium aboard Silver Creek’s Validation, a 2007 Zweibrücker stallion (Vallado x Lansing) owned by Silver Creek Farms, with a 40.373-second jump-off performance.

Twenty-four pairs tested the first round set by Catsy Cruz (MEX), with seven entries returning for the jump-off. Vanderveen was already winning aboard Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili when she closed out the class aboard Bull Run’s Prince of Peace and placed sixth on a time of 40.423 seconds and one rail down.

“I thought the course was great,” said Vanderveen. “It was very fair and open, but at the same time the course caught everybody a little bit, which is great. She did a great job.”

Vanderveen and “Frosty,” the 2005 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Berlin x Darco) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC, have seen great success at Tryon throughout their career together, and the venue suits her horse so well that she made a change in plans and saved him to compete this week, Vanderveen commented.

“It’s nice to be back with Frosty. I was actually in Kentucky last week with him and I could just tell – I thought, ‘Nope, we are going to save him for all three weeks in Tryon, because he loves it there.’ This is his thing,” Vanderveen continued. “He has had a little vacation for the last week or two, and has been saving his energy, so it’s nice that it paid off today.”

The result was another Tryon win and their 30th FEI win together, Vanderveen detailed. “It was kind of a special win because it was his 30th FEI win since I’ve had him. We’ve been keeping an eye on it and trying to get to 30. My first 5* Grand Prix win was here, too.”

Vanderveen will save Bull Run’s Prince of Peace for Sunday’s $36,000 1.45m Jumper Classic CSI 3*, and plans to compete Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili in Saturday’s $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix CSI 3*. She revealed that she will be spending the next few weeks at TIEC to prepare for an upcoming trip to Europe:

“We will be here through the 4* competition and then we are doing something a little different this year. Showing here is also a lot of prep for that. What better can you do to prep than come here? I was originally going to leave Frosty stateside, and just recently decided to bring him along [to Europe]. He has proven today that he wants to come!”

Todd Minikus and Amex Z Fly to Win $36,000 1.45m Power and Speed Stake CSI 3*

Todd Minikus (USA) and Amex Z Flew to Win Wednesday’s $36,000 Power and Speed Stake CSI 3*, clearing the short course in 28.43 seconds ahead of David Blake (IRL) aboard Emilia, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Ukato x Goodwill) owned by Pine Hollow Farm, who stopped the timers at 29.084 seconds for the red rosette. Santiago Lambre and Dingeman, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nintender x Darnels) owned by Aurora Rangel de Alba, rounded out the podium after their 29.419-second jump-off effort.

Minikus and the 2009 Zangersheide mare (Andiamo Z x Landaris) owned by Bit By Bit Group “maybe did one or two less strides back to the combinations” to gain the advantage over the field, he explained. “The course rode nicely, and it was a nice opening class for all the horses, but it was very competitive by the time we got to the speed phase. The riders in the class are extremely competitive.”

Team Minikus has just arrived in at TIEC, and he noted that he’s encouraged to see such a positive start to his Tryon campaign after a less-successful tour than hoped in Kentucky this spring. “It’s nice to start off here with a little better success than what we were having in Kentucky earlier since I didn’t have that good of a tour. She will show this week, and I’m planning for her to be in the Grand Prix on Saturday as well,” Minikus concluded.

Geoffrey Hesslink Champions the Green Hunter 3’3″ Division aboard Coronation

Geoffrey Hesslink of Shelburne, VT rode Lindsay Maxwell’s mount Coronation to top honors in the Green Hunter 3’3″ Division, with reserve honors named to Sara Ketcham (Columbus, NC), riding Splendid Moon for Claire de Lune Farm.

Hesslink has been paired with the 2011 Warmblood gelding (Conthargos x Balouville) since late winter, but the combination has already proven successful, he relayed.

“We call him Conor, and he’s great. He’s done three shows, and has been champion at two, and reserve at the other. The lowest score he’s had is 85. He’s been amazing and has made very few mistakes,” Hesslink said. “He is such a dream to have!”

Hesslink and “Conor” will be competing again next week at TIEC, and will return to compete in the Summer Series at TIEC.

“I really like the Grand Hunter Ring [Ring 4] here. It’s really big, so it’s nice that you can get on a gallop and keep one pace. Today the lines rode really nicely,” Hesslink continued of the course set by Joe Carnicom (Toledo, OH).

Hesslink concluded, “It’s a top facility, and it’s nice that they can have classes on the grass or in the George Morris Arena, too. I think it’s a really great place to bring young horses along and get a lot of experience and exposure to environment.”

Click here for full results from the $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

National Bromont’s Grand Prix: Frank Hendricks Leaves Victorious

Bromont, May 19, 2019 – Frank Hendricks (NED) won the Grand Prix by a few tenths of a second with Dio at the National Bromont, at the Olympic Equestrian Park.

A course designed by Michael Pegg
The course designer from Uxbridge, Ontario had prepared a first-round course with 12 obstacles for 14 efforts, including two double combinations, for the participating pairs. The course’s difficulties of time, height, and turns were well balanced and was a good start for riders who shared the Grand Prix’s $10,000 purse.

5 horse-rider pairs successfully completed the first round and qualified for the jump-off: veterans Paul Harpern on Diesel, Isabelle Lapierre on En Nou, Laurie Bucci GGN Stauffenberg, Frank Hendricks on Dio, and young rider Ashley James and her mount, D’Artagnan Z.

First in the jump-off, Paul Harpern and Diesel, owned by Groupe Zacar, execute the course’s 8 obstacles for 9 efforts in a fast time of 44.16 seconds, putting the pressure on their competitors, who try to unsuccessfully to beat him. We have to wait for the next-to-last pair, Frank Hendricks and Dali, the only ones who post a better time at 43.75 seconds. Young rider Ashley James, last on the course with D’Artagnan, execute a second clear round; however, their time puts them in 5th place.

About National Bromont
The National Bromont is the first event of the Hunter and Jumper Quebec season. It is also the start of the Quebec Provincial Equestrian Tour (QPET), which aims to recognize the best high-level riders in Quebec. For more information on the program, please visit our website at: www.internationalbromont.org/national.

Ryan Genn and Dieta Save the Best for Last to Win $35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix

Photo: Ryan Genn and Dieta.

Lexington, Ky. – May 19, 2019 – The final day of the Kentucky Spring Classic concluded jumper competition in the Rolex Stadium with the $35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. Thirty horse-and-rider combinations tested Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) 16-effort first-round track where eight pairs returned to challenge the abridged jump-off phase. Athletes chased a double-clear finish, but Sunday’s finale saved the best for last as Ryan Genn (USA) and Dieta stopped the timers fault-free in 38.234 seconds to clinch the grand prix victory.

Genn’s grand prix lap of honor was followed by the presentation for the Leading Open Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Envisian Products, which he earned in part with Alex Granato (USA). Both athletes tied for points to share the award after Granato rode to first place in Saturday night’s $134,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* with Carlchen W.

Brian Moggre and MTM Los Angeles Claim $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix

Earlier in the day, the sport’s up-and-coming athletes took to the ring in the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix in the Rolex Stadium. Eighteen horse-and-rider combinations tackled Bywater’s course, which asked pairs to complete 14 efforts under the time allowed of 71 seconds. With five pairs advancing to the jump-off, it was ultimately Brian Moggre and MTM Los Angeles who tackled the course expertly to walk away with the blue ribbon.

Havens Schatt and Happy Thoughts Ride to First Place in $5,000 USHJA National Derby

Hunter competition in the Stonelea Ring began with the highlight of the day, the $5,000 USHJA National Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows. After taking the win in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in the previous week at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Havens Schatt returned to take another impressive win in the hunter ring, this time with Caroline Moran’s Happy Thoughts. The pair claimed their victory after scoring a total of 185 points.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
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Jimmy Torano and Chanel One Win $25k Marshall & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix at TIEC

Jimmy Torano and Chanel One ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 18, 2019 – Jimmy Torano and Chanel One raced around the jump-off track in a time of 35.484 seconds to secure the $25,000 Marshal & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix win at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), taking top honors to represent Wellington, FL. Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) and Liroy 30, a 2009 Dutch Sport Horse gelding (Levistano x King Kolibri) owned by Jay Land, Taylor Land, and Pinetree Farms Inc., cleared the short course in 36.714 seconds to earn second, while Nicky Galligan (Keswick, VA) and his own Javas Miss Jordan, a 2009 Irish Sport Horse mare (Luidam x Obos Quality 004), rounded out the podium in third after their 38.052-second jump-off performance.

Fifteen horse-and-rider pairs tested the Oscar Soberon-designed course, with five combinations qualifying for the Dallas, TX designer’s second-round track. Torano and the 2010 Holsteiner stallion (Catoki x F-Cover Girl) owned by The New Group LLC were able to best a blazing performance from Land that Torano wasn’t sure he could beat, he revealed.

“Taylor really put the pressure on and was blazing fast – to be honest, when she went, I thought it was over, and she couldn’t be caught. So when I went in, I wasn’t riding for second or third, but all or nothing. I wasn’t going to try to back in to the podium. And Chanel One did everything I asked.”

Most importantly, Torano noted, was that it was the stallion’s first competition under the lights to date, adding even more pressure to a competitive class.

“This is his first time ever showing at night. His heart was pounding, his eyes were bugging out of his head a little bit – he was definitely nervous going in, and I felt like I had to hold his hand the first round. When I came back for the jump-off, he was all business, and right there with me,” Torano said of the ride he’s been saving in lower-level classes.

“Chanel One is a fairly new ride for me. I’ve only ridden the horse a handful of times, and I’ve been doing him in lower classes, but decided to step him up this week. He won the 1.40m class this week, jumped a nice round in the Welcome Stake on Thursday, and tonight he was spot on,” Torano emphasized. “I had a little bit of bad luck on my other two horses, and I think I really called on Chanel One tonight. I needed a clear round, and he really came through.”

Complimentary of the venue’s atmosphere, Torano mentioned that TIEC’s signature “Saturday Night Lights” event is an incomparable experience for competitors and fans alike, saying, “It doesn’t really get any better than this. The crowds come out Saturday night as good as anywhere, and they’re into it. You really feel like they’re pulling for you,” he continued. “It’s great to have these big classes and it’s a great atmosphere to have.”

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Alex Granato and Carlchen W Can’t Be Caught in $134k Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3*

Photo: Alex Granato and Carlchen W.

Lexington, Ky. – May 18, 2019 – The highlight of the Kentucky Spring Classic took place on Saturday evening with the $134,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3*, honoring the late Mary Rena Murphy. Hosted in the Rolex Stadium, top horse-and-rider combinations took to the ring hoping to walk away with the week’s highest honors and prize money. After 40 athletes tried their hand, it was Alex Granato (USA) and Page Tredennick’s Carlchen W who excelled with clean and quick rounds to take the night’s victory.

Campbell Kahn and Josephine Rose Lead First Day of Small Junior Hunter Competition

Saturday morning saw junior hunter riders take center stage in the Stonelea Ring, competing in their respective divisions to earn points ahead of Sunday’s Junior Hunter Grand Champion crowning, presented by Visse Wedell. Competition kicked off with the Large Junior Hunter division led by Kaitlyn Lovingfoss followed by the Small Junior Hunters where Campbell Kahn and Josephine Rose currently sit tied at the top.

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Swiss Win Mighty Opening Battle at La Baule

Niklaus Rutschi and Cardano CH. (FEI)

In a spectacular start to the Europe Division 1 series, Switzerland pipped reigning series champions Belgium in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of France 2019 at La Baule (FRA) where the host nation lined up third.

Clear rounds are key to success, and there were plenty who managed to leave all the poles in place on the track set by crack French course designer Frederic Cottier despite a testing time-allowed of 75 seconds. But double-clears are even better, and when the Swiss posted two of the five recorded, thanks to superb efforts from team pathfinder Niklaus Rutschi (53) and anchorman Steve Guerdat (36), they beat the Belgians by a single penalty point.

It was Guerdat who clinched it when last into the arena, shouldering unbelievable pressure as only this man can. But it was Rutschi who set it all up with a fantastic performance from his 11-year-old gelding Cardano CH. He had every reason to be proud.

“It’s a dream come true! We have this horse since he was a foal and we are good friends together. Last year he was injured so he had a long break, but he’s right back to his best now. He’s one of the best horses in the world – he’s scopey, he’s careful, and he just needs his rider to his job properly!” — Niklaus Rutschi (SUI)

It was neck-and-neck between the Swiss and Belgians at the halfway stage when both sides finished the first round with four faults on the board. The Irish were close behind with five while last year’s La Baule winners from Brazil were sharing fourth place with the French on eight faults. Germany carried 10 into the second round, but the British and Canadians were already looking vulnerable with 18 and 19 faults respectively before the action resumed. However, the spotlight shone brightly on a new young British star when Amy Inglis (22) followed a first-round clear with a single time-fault in round two with her lovely mare, Wishes.

French hearts were lifted with three rock-solid second-round clears that saw them climb up the leaderboard when both the Irish and Brazilians faltered, but it was the Belgians and Swiss who would slog it out for the win in the closing stages, and it went right down to the wire.

A clear from Nicola Philippaerts and H&M Chilli Willi gave the Belgians a great start to round two. And when Niels Bruynseels’ second clear of the day from Utamaro D’Ecaussines was followed by just a single time fault from Pieter Devos and Claire Z, they looked bullish because even without the services of their final partnership, Gregory Wathelet and MJT Nevados S, they could finish on no more than five faults.

Rutschi’s second clear of the competition was followed by eight faults from Bryan Balsiger (21), but Paul Estermann (55) pulled it back for the Swiss with a foot-perfect run from Lord Pepsi and that set it up for one final showdown. If Wathelet could return a zero score, then the Belgians could discard Devos’ single time fault and it might just force a jump-off with the Swiss.

But the vertical that followed the 4-metre-wide open water had hit the dirt plenty of times during the day. “It was difficult because the horses were inclined to look at the crowd in the tribune behind, instead of at the fence,” Rutschi explained. And when that fell, then Devos’ four faults was the discard as only the best three results from each of the four-member teams are counted, and now Belgium were definitely finishing on those five faults.

So as Switzerland’s Guerdat rode into the arena with the brilliant mare Albfuehrens Bianca, with which he claimed individual bronze at last year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, USA, the result was hanging in the balance. A fence down and it would be all over, a single time fault and it would go to a jump-off, but a clear round would win it. And you could hear a pin drop as the London 2012 Olympic individual gold medallist and three-time Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ champion steered his fiery mare through the track one last time.

“Being able to give the win to your country is one of the best feelings. It’s for these kinds of moments that I love our sport!” Steve Guerdat said after clinching it, Bianca still bursting with energy as she bounced through the finish one more time.

This result puts Switzerland at the top of the Europe Division 1 league table at this early stage of the eight-leg series which now moves on to their home ground in St Gallen (SUI) in two weeks’ time. Each team in this series has four opportunities to collect points towards qualification for the prestigious Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2019 in October where, along with the much-coveted series trophy, one last Olympic qualifying spot will also be on offer.

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By Louise Parkes

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Olympic Qualifications in Baborówko

Baborówko Equestrian Festival 2019 starts next Thursday, the 23rd of May. Five international eventing classes, including the CCIO4*-L class, a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The best team of the CCIO4*-L class, the hardest one at the event, will get a chance to compete at the Olympics. The cross-country trial for the class will be 5.700 metres long, with 40 obstacles to clear in about 10 minutes.

Three teams from the C group (Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia) will compete for the qualification for Tokyo, including the polish national team. The members are not known yet, but the team trainer, Marcin Konarski, takes six pairs into consideration: Jan Kamiński with Jard, Mateusz Kiempa with Grand Supreme, Mariusz Kleniuk with Winona, Joanna Pawlak with Fantastic Frieda, Paweł Spisak with Banderas, and Paweł Warszawski with Aristo A-Z. Polish athletes will compete against teams from Russia and Belarus.

Each country competing for the Olympic qualification can enter a team of four horse and rider pairs into the class. The results of three best pairs will count for the final ranking, after three trials of dressage, cross-country, and showjumping.

The organisers invite everyone to actively support the Polish national team on Sunday, the 25th of May, by wearing white and red clothes and bringing Polish flags.

Once again, the event in Baborówko attracts top riders from around the world. The audiences will have an opportunity to see, among others, Tim Price (NZL), the current number 2 in the International Equestrian Federation rankings; Michael Jung (GER), the biggest star of international eventing, having won all titles possible in the discipline; and Andreas Dibowski (GER), the gold medalist of the 2008 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The athletes will compete for the record-breaking prize pool (even bigger than last year’s record). Thanks to the support of the Patron of the event, Mr Roman Roszkiewicz, the collective prize pool in the international classes will reach 465 000 PLN. The CCIO4*-L the prize money will be as high as 85 000 PLN, 60 000 PLN of which will go to the three best teams in the class. The biggest prize is to be won in the CCI4*-S class, 100 000 PLN, with the collective prize pool in the class being 325 000 PLN.

Baborówko offers much more than the sporting spectacle. The organisers invite not only equestrian fanatics, but also families, children, and seniors. A special competition, a relay race with a horse carriage and a car, a stunt show by La Pattat group, as well as agility and frisbee dog shows are all part of the additional programme of Baborówko Equestrian Festival. The shows will start at 12:00 on Sunday, the 26th of May, at the main hippodrome.

All kids are invited to the fun zone, with attractions prepared by the Szamotuły Cultural Centre, the Fire Department and Nadleśnictwo Pniewy. The organisers also encourage everyone to visit the regional products fair and equestrian equipment stands.

5 international classes: the CCIO4*-L (the Olympic qualifier), CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, CCIYH2*-S, and one national L class will be played out at Baborówko Equestrian Festival. Dressage trials for the international classes will take place on Thursday and Friday. Saturday is cross-country day, and on Sunday, it is time for the showjumping trials and prizegiving ceremonies.

More information can be found at www.festiwal.baborowko.pl.